Sam Polledri Foundation

Sam Polledri Foundation


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Sam Polledri Foundation

Samuel suddenly & tragically passed away of a Cardiac Arrest in Millennium Square, on the 26th Feb 2022, aged only 24. Taken far too soon, so loved and so missed every minute of every day. Sam was such a loving, kind and caring young man. He absolutely loved life, was so happy, loved his family, girlfriend and friends so much.

He was strong and fit and healthy, always singing or dancing and so so much more.

He deserved to experience years and years more of life, to achieve all he had planned to do.

In his Honour we are raising funds to install public access defibrillators around Bristol to save lives in Sam’s name, he would want us to do this. Sam's first public access defibrillator was installed in July 2022 in Millennium Square, close to where he passed. 

We have created the Sam Polledri Foundation (through Great Western Air Ambulance Charity) with the aim of installing public access defibrillators in as many places as possible. 

‘In the UK, due to cardiac arrest 12 fit and healthy young people aged between 14-35 die every week…' That statistic should not be so high and it is growing.

‘If a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest survival rates jump from 6% to 74%’. There were no wall mounted/registered defibrillators near Sam, he wasn’t given the chance to survive.

All monies raised through the Sam Polledri Foundation (through GWAAC) will fund public access defibrillators, ensuring that anyone who suffers an out of hospital cardiac arrest has someone nearby who knows how to perform CPR and has an AED within a 3 minute walk.

Please be part of the change to help prevent these tragedies from happening. Let's get these defibrillators out there and known.